Photo: Another slow day on Bulon lae.


Bulon's priciest resorts are located on or near the main beach on the southeast coast, although even here you'll find some reasonably priced bungalows. Panka Noi Bay is a central option, while Panka Yai Bay hosts the cheapest bungalows on the island. Bulon is tiny and, no matter where you stay, the main beach is never more than a 15-minute stroll away.

Panka Noi Bay (northeast)

Ao Panka Noi is a relaxing spot that happens to host a fantastic Italian restaurant, though the rocks and mangroves don't make it so good for a swim. While here, we overlooked one small, hidden-away place to stay, Bulon Hill Resort, which may be worth checking out for simple bungalows and family rooms.

Ban Sulaida Restaurant and Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
On the cross-island road overlooking Panka Noi Bay, Ko Bulon Lae
T: (061) 216 4249

This family-owned spot has a small collection of bungalows just back from the cross-island lane on the hill near Panka Noi. You don't get a sea view unless you climb a tree, but the central location makes it easy to walk anywhere on Bulon. Bungalows come in two styles: crimson woven bamboo huts with tin roofs, and newer wood/bamboo editions with thatched roofs further back. Both go for the same... Read our full review of Ban Sulaida Restaurant and Bungalows.

Bulon Viewpoint Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Panka Noi Bay, Ko Bulon Lae
T: (089) 739 2714

Scattered down a hillside overlooking Panka Noi, Viewpoint's bungalows give a sense of seclusion despite being centrally located. The sturdy bungalows are built of concrete and brick and each has a private porch with two chairs. Interiors are well maintained, with firm beds, mosquito nets and fans. The partially open bathrooms with stone floors are nicely designed, though the glass shard-studded... Read our full review of Bulon Viewpoint Resort.

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Main beach (southeast)

Unless you're lucky enough to score a seaside bungalow from the school, you'll have to pay a minimum of 1,000 baht to stay on or very close to Bulon's best beach. Don't fret if you can't afford it; the other cheap resorts are only a 10- to 15-minute stroll away.

Bulon Marina Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Near the main beach, Ko Bulon Lae
T: (085) 078 1552

Spread over a hillside behind the school and an easy walk to the best beach, Marina certainly has the most eye-catching bungalows around. Standing on tall wooden stilts with large porches equipped with wooden chairs, tables and seashells, the log-cabin style bungalows have high thatch ceilings that come all the way down to form the sidewalls as well. The spacious rooms come with super-comfy... Read our full review of Bulon Marina Resort.

Bulone Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Main beach, Ko Bulon Lae
T: (081) 897 9084

The island's original resort has evolved a lot over the years, literally dismantling and rebuilding its various structures in accordance with erosion and low-season storm surges that have occasionally claimed entire bungalows. Today it's a hotch potch of new and old standalone bungalows and villas overlooking a gorgeous stretch of the main beach. Some of the newer rooms are built over rocks that... Read our full review of Bulone Resort .

Pansand Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Near the main beach, Ko Bulon Lae
T: (081) 693 3667

The Pansand overlooks a scenic lawn with abundant palms and flowers in a quiet corner near the school and beach. It still strikes us as somewhat overpriced, though the value seems better after neighbouring Bulone and Marina resorts upped their prices considerably. The mid-size resort features simple yet comfortable white cottages in a few different sizes, with slightly cheaper bamboo editions... Read our full review of Pansand Resort.

School Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Near the main beach, Ko Bulon Lae
T: (084) 312 9193

How about a school that doubles as a bungalow joint? This may sound strange, but it's perfectly normal on Bulon. The island's lone school sits in a scenic spot just back from the main beach, and half a dozen basic bungalows are lined up facing the shaggy football pitch, with a few palms and flower bushes providing minimal privacy. The bamboo huts with tin roofs are small and showing their age,... Read our full review of School Bungalows.

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Panka Yai Bay (north)

This serene bay and its surrounds, including the path to Mango Bay, are where you'll find Bulon's cheapest digs. The water off Panka Yai is rocky but there is some decent snorkelling a bit further out. Bungalows blend into the village, making for a charming atmosphere.

Chao Le Homestay
Backpacker - Under 600B
Panka Yai Bay, Ko Bulon Lae
T: (086) 290 2519

More of a regular bungalow joint than an actual homestay programme, Chao Le Homestay has a small number of inviting wood-and-bamboo bungalows overlooking a shaded lawn just back from the bay. The property blends into the neighbouring village and is run by a local Chao Lae family who seem to effortlessly nail the laid back and warm hospitality that Bulon is known for. Sturdy and well-kept... Read our full review of Chao Le Homestay.

Jungle Huts
Backpacker - Under 600B
On the path to Mango Bay, Ko Bulon Lae
T: (089) 735 5242

If you're after cheap, simple and secluded, look no further than Jungle Huts. Halfway along the forested trail to Mango Bay, the huts are a great bargain so long as you don't mind the long walk to Bulon's main beach. Facing one another in two lines set up between some greenery, the bamboo bungalows with tin roofs are solidly built upon concrete foundations and have small porches with a plastic... Read our full review of Jungle Huts.

Panka Bay Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Panka Yai Bay, Ko Bulon Lae
T: (081) 990 5878

If you're after tranquility and don't mind a lack of WiFi and power from only 18:00 to 23:00, Panka Bay's namesake resort should be just the ticket. The small and secluded place has a string of simple white cottages with tin roofs and porches overlooking a shaded lawn that opens onto the beach. The resort shares the seafront with only a fisherman's house -- the quietude pulls you in and makes you... Read our full review of Panka Bay Resort.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ko Bulon Lae? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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